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Krampus: Saint Nicholas’ Dark Companion

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 5th, 2013

While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways — or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack. In keeping with pre-Germanic Pagan traditions, men dressed as these demons have been frightening children on Krampusnacht for centuries, chasing them and hitting them with sticks, on an (often alcohol-fueled) run through the dark streets.

Check out the awesome images here: Krampus: Saint Nicholas’ Dark Companion.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


One Response to “Krampus: Saint Nicholas’ Dark Companion”

  1. slick1ru2 responds:

    Too bad they didn’t do an X Files on this. Or maybe they can do one on Sleepy Hollow. Those costumes are great.

    Have to wonder though. Is there anything behind it. Especially after reading the 411 books.



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